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Jerk Cook-Off (2017)

Session 2 with Emcee Rose Arruda

4:30 – 5:00 pm      Ethnic Crops in MA by World Farmers

5:00 – 7:00 pm      Jerk Cook-Off!

Sponsored by World Farmers, the Jerk Cook-Off will feature two Chefs will vie for bragging rights for the 2017 Jerk Cook-Off Champ. Each Chef will receive a mystery box of local ethnic produce grown right here in Massachusetts by farmers of World Farmers. The Chefs bring their special home made jerk sauce and will create delicious plates for the judges and audience to taste. This year’s dish is vegetarian.



Chef “Ras Skills” Mills – 2016 & 2015, Seafood Throwdown  & Jerk Cook-off  Chef Champ- Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Chef Mills was raised with an appreciation for fresh produce, herbs and spices, farm raised meats, and wild caught fish and seafood. Today Chef Mills incorporates these culinary values, traditional Jamaican recipes, and a new school flare, to produce award winning dishes that have been the subject of newspaper articles and word of mouth praise. A vegetarian background has led Chef Mills on a journey to elevate the view of the vegetable as more than just a side dish. Chef Mills is an alumni of the culinary program at the New England Center for Arts and Technology (NECAT). He is 4 time winner of the Boston JerkFest champ and 2 time winner of the Boston Seafood Throwdown. The People’s Choice Jerk Chicken (2012), Haley House Bakery Iron Chef (First Champion) (2012), Second Place in the Food Project Cook Off (2012), Outstanding Achievement Award (Haley House Bakery 2015), Exemplary Citizenship Award and Commitment to the Community (Boston City Council 2015), and Best Vegan Chile (Dorchester Chile Cook Off 2015) awards are among the recognition Chef Mills has garnered in his short time in the culinary industry.


 Chef Samantha Grimsley – Born in Boston Mass she prides herself as a foodie and home chef who recently retired after 20 years of working for a Type Foundry to follow her passion of cooking, after living in a mostly Asian community for a many years with no major groceries stores she learned to work with what was readily available which included a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, seafoods and spices, Samantha incorporated these fresh ingredients into creative meals for her friends and family always introducing them to new dishes. Her dream is to one day have a small family style restaurants serving a variety of foods and desserts.





Emcee Rose Arruda -Rose Arruda is the Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.  She is also the state coordinator for the National Food Day campaign.  As a former community organizer, caterer, and farm girl, with a love/hate relationship with politics, she naturally finds the common denominator that brings groups together to further the work at hand.



Kaidi Grant & Christopher Martin Grant – Founders of Fort Hill Jerk Chicken Simply put, we are a Jerk-loving, world-traveling duo- a Boy with British Jamaican Roots and a Girl with British Guyanese Roots who live in the Fort Hill section of Roxbury. Most people know us as simply: Chris and Kai. We have been married for 25+ years and have four amazing sons and two grandsons named Elias aka “Boogie” & Mikias aka “Brown Bear.”





Chef Nadine Nelson, Global Local Gourmet  – Global Local Gourmet offers one of a kind epicurean events. Our chefs are connoisseurs of all things food and teach customized hands-on and demonstration cooking experiences and culinary tours to the novice cook and seasoned gourmand. Our menus support local, sustainable, and regional cuisine with an international sensibility. Classic techniques, chef’s secrets, global wellness, cultural etiquette and the art of entertaining, are shared in our unique, informative, and tasty programs. Not only will you leave our events with a full stomach, you will gain a couple of friends, recipes and resources to recreate the occasion, and the confidence to know every meal can be a feastful celebration.